Southern Authors No. 6 — Arian Tejano on the Writer as a Nomad and Transgender Literatures in the Philippines

Featured Authors by Alton Melvar Dapanas |

Arian Tejano earned her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines-Mindanao. She was also a fellow at the Davao Writers Workshop. A poet and a photographer, she balances her time between Tandag, Surigao del Sur and Dumaguete, and occasionally travels around Asia for the love and self-exploration. In 2015, her poem When A Lady Boy Loves A Foreign Man won first prize at “The Other Side” poetry contest of Hong Kong-based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She is a marketing analyst by profession.

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Laut

Fiction by Sigrid Gayangos |

The vigorous lapping of the waves signalled the arrival of Omar first, even before his brother heard the familiar sound of the outrigger boat.

Perhaps it was the 6-hour bumpy van ride from downtown pueblo, followed by the stomach-churning two-hour banca ride until the easternmost coast of the Moro Gulf, but Omar swore there was that persistent low-pitch vibration that filled his ears with a whimper. Omar held his nose shut, and then blew into it. The whirring sound was still there. He yawned a couple of times—POP! Pressure finally equalized in his Eustachian tube. It had been years since he last visited his hometown, but one did not simply forget the lessons of one’s youth.

His brother, Abdel, was waiting for him by the docking site at the edge of a makeshift hut on bamboo stilts. What he lost in weight, he gained in the length of beard that now reached up to his chest. Whit his plain white robe and black skull cap, Omar thought Abdel looked like an Imam and felt suddenly uncomfortable in his sweat-drenched shirt and jeans.

Abdel extended his arms to welcome his little brother. “As salaam alaikum,” he said, and proceeded to engulf Omar in a tight embrace.

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The 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio Fellows Announced

Announcements by The Editors |

The Libulan Queer Collective, a writers bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, is set to hold the 2018 Cebu Young Writers’ Studio, a regional creative writing workshop for emerging writers from Central Visayas, from 9 to 10 February 2018 at the University of Cebu-Banilad in Cebu City.

The writing fellows named for this year are as follows: Noemi Araneta Alcantara (fiction: novel in Binisaya), Kenneth Michael M Baba (poetry in Binisaya), Alsteine Joi Diapana (poetry in English), Maria Eloisa H Garcia (fiction: short story in English), Jorisse Gumanay (poetry in English), Maria Theresa C Lanit (poetry in Binisaya), Leah May Lim-Atienza (poetry in English), Ivanie Michmir (poetry in Binisaya),Claire Michaela M Obejas (creative nonfiction in English), Louise Francis P Ouano (poetry in English and Binisaya), Lady Isabelle Y Perez (fiction: short story in English), Sievney Klyze G Quidet (fiction: short story in English), Thomas Leonard Shaw (poetry in English), and John Rolly V Son (fiction: novel in English).

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Southern Authors No. 5 — CD Borden sa Pagsuwat og Piksyon, Ideya ug Limitasyon sa Pagkopya, ug Palanca

Featured Authors by R Joseph Dazo |

Si CD Borden nakatambong isip magbabalak sa 51st Silliman University National Writers Workshop. Nakadaog siya sa unang ganti sa tigi sa sugilanon sa Bathalad-Sugbo ug sa unang ganti usab sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature alang sa Cebuano Short Story Category sa tuig 2016. Nahimugso siya sa Mabolo, Dakbayan sa Sugbo ilawom sa Ulay nga bitoon ug nagpuyo nga malinawon sa Budlaan, Apas, Dakbayan sa Sugbo.

 

R Joseph Dazo: “Naay magsusulat sa ulohan nga gigaan og gibug-aton ang ideya nga ang fiction adunay katinuoran o truth value. Alang kanimo unsa ang fiction sa panan-aw sa usa ka magsusulat sa habagatang bahin sa nasod?”

CD Borden: “Sa tinuod lang, wala ko kasabot kon unsay buot-pasabot anang truth value. Apan kon mahitungod kini sa giingon nga ang piksyon isip repleksyon sa atong reyalidad, usa lang ang akong masulti niini: Matag sinulat adunay managlahi nga truth value. Oo, cliché nga tubag, apan dili ba diay kini tinuod? Bisan pa og ang imong sinulat science fiction ug nahitabo sa Alpha Centauri sa tuig 2666—kon ato kining gahinan og oras aron kulitogon—ato man segurong masuta nga taliwala sa makalilisang nga giyera sa kabituonan, motuyhakaw gyod ang truth value nga buot untang ilubong sa laser guns ug light sabers. Pananglitan, ang tibuok sugilanon usa lang diay ka metapora alang sa nagkaguliyang nga estado sa politika sa atong nasod, ug ubp.

“Wala man ko nangandoy nga mahimong tigpamaba alang sa tanang ‘magsusulat sa habagatan’, apan alang nako ug alang nako lang, ang piksyon (sa ulohan o habagatan man) kinahanglan makahimuot. Mao kini akong yano nga standard kon unsa ang piksyon.”

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Tanghaga Nga Miabot Sa Dakbayan Nga Gisubangan Sa Bulan

Poetry by Gil Nambatac |

Para ko mga pagari akn a mga Meranao ago so mga miyabiktima sa kabebethangan a mga Maute

Ika-baynte-tres nga adlaw sa Mayo 2017,
mingkuyanap ang bagang dag-om
sa dakbayan diin mosubang ang mabulokong bulan.
Kalit lang nangitom ang hangin
nga mihabol sa matag suok sa among inged.
Hinay-hinayng migawas sa mga liki sa kadalanan
ang mga alagad ni saitan nga miiwik
sa ilang daotang katuyoan ngadto sa mga lumulupyo,
diin gugmag kalinaw ang ilang gipatigbabaw.
Nangligid ang mga ulo nga maayo pang pagkakumbong,
sa mga putol nga mga kamot binugkosan sa mga rosaryo.
Kining mga alipores ni saitan
daw morag mananap-ihalas
nga nakabuhi sa ilang hawla.
Piyaka bungul-bungul so alobalob
iran a allahu akbar.

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